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She was the willowy model turned celebrity stylist who parlayed her elegant sense of style into a career as a fashion designer Getty Image

Yves Saint Laurent, the new head of Maison Dior, is surrounded by the house models wearing his designs, 1958.

This image of Diane Von Furstenberg by internationally published photographer Susan Wood is one of my favourites of the fashion icon - – she really epitomises New York ’70s cool. Despite the fact that it was taken on a plane, and with a photographer present, it’s still a very private picture. One could well imagine her getting ready for a night out at Studio 54..

The inimitable Vivienne Westwood, who has been designing Jean-Yves Thibaudet's concertwear for the last 10 years.

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25 Women Designers Who Changed Fashion Forever

Madame Grès “While not as well known as Vionnet, Chanel or Schiaparelli, Gres was also an influential couturier,” Granata said. The designer is best known for her classically inspired floor-length pleated gown, and Minniti calls her “the master of the wraped and draped dress.”

Madame Grès, photographed by Eve Arnold, Paris, 1977 Germaine Émilie Krebs (1903–1993), known as Alix Barton and later as "Madame Grès", relaunched her design house under the name Grès in Paris in 1942. Prior to this, she worked as "Alix" or "Alix Grès" during the 1930s.[1][2] Formally trained as a sculptress, she produced haute couture designs for an array of fashionable women, including the Duchess of Windsor, Marlene Dietrich, Greta Garbo, Jacqueline Kennedy, and Dolores del Río.[3]

Vivienne Westwood: Her life and career so far - in pictures

Credit: Philip Hollis/Rex Features Dame Vivienne Westwood, here photographed in her studio in London in 2007, was born Vivienne Isabel Swire...